Go | The best concerts in Jax this week

Buffalo Nichols, Jax River Jams, Cory Driscoll album release, Samantha Fish

Buffalo Nichols press photo
Critically lauded bluesman Buffalo Nichols plays the Blue Jay Listening Room on Thursday | Credit: Press photograph courtesy of the artist

Each week, the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best shows in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org.

This week, emerging blues master Buffalo Nichols, rock-and-roller Samantha Fish and world renowned pianist Jonathan Biss visit Jacksonville. Meanwhile, local musician Cory Driscoll celebrates the release of Eureka Springs and the Jax River Jams kicks off with Spin Doctors. 

Here’s the rundown of what JME contributors want to see and hear in and around Jacksonville this week.


Buffalo Nichols – Thursday, April 7 

Blue Jay Listening Room | Jacksonville Beach

Much-buzzed-about singer and guitarist Buffalo Nichols recently told JME contributor Daniel A. Brown that the blues, in general, is not all that cool (read the interview). Nichols self-titled debut full-length –– and the critics who’ve lavished praise upon the young artist  –– would, as it relates to Nichols’ playing, beg to differ. He performs at the Blue Jay Listening Room on Thursday. 

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Alternative Rock  

Jax River Jams: Spin Doctors, Sister Hazel – Thursday, April 7

Riverfront Plaza | Downtown Jacksonville 

After a successful first year, the month-long, multi-genre series of FREE shows, Jax River Jams, returns to Downtown Jacksonville’s Riverfront Plaza two ‘90s rock radio darlings: Spin Doctors and Sister Hazel on Thursday night. 

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Jonathan Biss & the Jacksonville Symphony – Friday, April 8; Saturday, April 9

Jacoby Symphony Hall | Downtown Jacksonville

After inviting two internationally renowned pianists –– Alessio Bax and Conrad Tao –– to tickle the ivories on their new, state-of-the-art Grand Concert Piano, the Jax Symphony continues its exploration of Mozart’s canon with guest pianist Jonathan Biss on Friday and Saturday. 

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Cory Driscoll – Saturday, April 9

Jack Rabbits | San Marco

Local singer-songwriter Cory Driscoll celebrates the release of his latest full-length, Eureka Springs, playing the conceptual album front to back with the backing of a nine-piece band at Jack Rabbits on Saturday. 

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Groove in Color – Saturday, April 9

Justice Pub | Downtown Jax

Jax-based hip-hop artist Awkward Groove presents a showcase of the likeminded: Cartier Cole, AMood, (JME contributor and MC) Mr. Al Pete, Shad the Stranger and, Awkward Groove himself, for a night of primo Duval hip-hop at a venue that has fast become the city’s best-bet for both unearthing new local hip-hop artists and providing a space for the stalwarts of the scene to spit––Justice Pub.

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Samantha Fish – Sunday, April 10 

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall | Ponte Vedra

Blues-adjacent singer and guitarist Samantha brings her genre-defying song craft to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday. 

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